Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre

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Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre Town Hall Church Street
South Yorkshire
S70 2TA

  • Experience Barnsley Visitor Centre: 01226 772500
  • Barnsley Archives: 01226 773950

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Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre is dedicated to the history and people of Barnsley. Visitors will uncover the incredible story of Barnsley told through centuries-old artefacts, documents, films and recordings that have been donated by people living and working in the borough. Unique, hands-on and interactive exhibits encourage visitors to explore the people and places of Barnsley, ultimately leading them to discover a town with amazing stories and a rich and diverse heritage. Experience Barnsley is a fun, exciting and interesting day out for all the family. Admission to the Museum and Discovery Centre is free.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm Saturday 10am to 4pm Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 11am to 4pm



Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's play area
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Studio/working space available
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Cinema/film screening facilities
  • Gardens open to public
  • Lecture theatre
  • Refreshments
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Library with public access
  • Study facilities
  • Education facilities available


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Regular children's club
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Handling sessions
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Support for extended schools services available
  • Special educational needs education services available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools

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